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BOOK REVIEW: A WEDDING IN DECEMBER
Seven former schoolmates of Kidd Academy gather for the wedding of Bridget and Bill at an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.
Nora is a widow. Her much older husband, who was a poet, died a few years ago. Back in their school days, Nora dated Stephen who died in an accident. Stephen was Harrison's best friend. Harrison arrived before the others and he and Nora had some time to talk about the old school days. Nora explained to Harrison that when she and her husband moved to the inn, it was a private house back then. After her husband died, she came up with the idea of converting it back into an inn. Harrison soon starts to realize he has some very strong feelings for Nora even though he is married and has two sons.
All agreed that the wedding came about very fast. In fact it was so fast that Harrison's wife was unable to attend. Nora explained to Harrison that Bridget was diagnosed with breast cancer and that is why Bill wanted the wedding to take place as soon as possible.
Another member of the group is Agnes who is in the process of writing about the Halifax explosion in 1917 that killed thousands. Agnes has a secret. What is it?
The other two schoolmates are Rob, who hid his homosexuality as a boy and Jerry, who is a millionaire. Throughout the weekend, the group discovers a great deal about what has taken place in their lives and the choices they had to make. What has happened to them over the years?
There are many complex characters that make up this book. What makes this novel so interesting is Anita Shreve's excellent portrayal of each character. The reader will walk away feeling they know each person in the book. This alone makes for an intriguing read. Also noteworthy is the way the author sets the stage for what is about to take place. This is one you should not pass on. It is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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